Apenheul’s squirrel monkeys like diamonds!
It’s a monkey post… do you like monkeys?
We visited Apenheul Primate Park in Apeldoorn yesterday, where monkeys roam freely among the visitors…
Monkeys are very good pickpockets so visitors are given a monkey proof bag on the way in :-)
My favourite primates are the orangutans, I could spend hours watching them play together, climbing and swinging in the trees and on the ropes…
…and hiding under blankets! ;-)
We saw the wanderoos too. Also known as lion-tailed macaques because of the lion-like tuft of fur at the end of their tails.
Looking at this one, I would say they have a lion-like mane too hehe! ;-) They live in the damp forests of southwest India.
Next, a barbary macaque… mostly living in north Africa; but in Europe you’ll find them on the cliffs in Gibraltar. They’re the only primates in Europe that live freely.
This one was staring up into the blank sky for a while, I’m very curious to know what he was thinking.
The gorillas were well hidden in their forest area so I wasn’t able to photograph them, I did spot a miniature gorilla statue though ;-)
These next three images are of white-faced saki’s; however, only the males have white faces (though sometimes more of a golden-orange colour than white); females are grey-brown. They’re fairly small …and I think they’re cute! ;-)
Female above, and male below.
And mom with a two month old baby (born 9-June).
The baby was so cute; each time mom stopped for a moment it would strain it’s neck to look in all directions.
“After this bridge: free ranging monkeys. Have you closed your monkey proof bag?” ;-)
It’s fascinating to watch monkeys groom each other; they have such a look of concentration on their faces. I caught this white-throated capuchin glancing up at the crowd mid-grooming session.
I think the monkeys in the next three images are spider monkeys – I didn’t see a sign but I’m pretty sure :)
We finished our tour of Apenheul with a visit to the squirrel monkeys. Here, the monkey proof bags definitely come in handy! These monkeys get verrrrry close.
So, do you want to know how I know squirrel monkeys like diamonds?
I had crouched down and was resting my hand on the wall to steady myself. A lady next to me was photographing one of the squirrel monkeys with it’s baby (the one in the photo above) and the monkey kept making a grab for her camera and pulling on the lens cap which was attached to the camera on a cord. I don’t know how successful she was at taking a picture but for sure her children were enjoying the cheekiness of the monkeys!
Another monkey came up close to where my hand was. I didn’t move, I just watched. The cheeky little thing came closer and while holding onto one of my fingers with one hand, it made a grab for my ring with the other! So you see, squirrel monkeys like sparkly diamonds. Nope, it wasn’t having mine!
Hope you enjoyed the monkey post! :-)
ps. if you like wildlife photography, Apenheul are hosting the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition until the end of September :-)
** this post appeared first on Tigs Creations Photography **
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